Monday, April 30, 2012

The Entire Routine - President Barack Obama At The 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Good Night

O Vs GOP

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 13,213.63 dropping 14.68 points.

CNN: Occupy calls for 'a day without the 99%'

Power And Water

TRNN - Bankers Assault On Financial Reform

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,195.24 down 33.07 points.

CNN: Stay-at-home dads: More men choosing kids over career

Have A Good Morning

Robin Lasser's wearable architecture

The Onion - Urban Planner Stuck In Traffic Of Own Design

Recycling The Rare Metals In Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries

Long story short, the rare metals used in making the batteries found in hybrid cars and such need to be recycled. Not to be redundant but they are rare.

Note that Toyota is developing an inductive motor that will not use the rare metals.

Live Science: Rare Earth Elements Getting Recycled, Finally

Reimagining The Work Model

Al Jazeera - Cuban Actors To Seek Political Asylum In US

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Monday

Good morning. It is 40 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The past few mornings have been especially chilly with frost in the air and cold plants everywhere. I hope you had a good weekend and were able to decompress from the previous week. We are back at the starting line. I just got back from the chiropractor, and so I am well 'adjusted' and he says I am neurologically ready for the week. We shall see about that.

At 8:25 a.m. futures are slightly down, the dollar is mostly up against major world currencies, and the price of oil is down. If I'm guessing, and I am guessing, I would think the market opens lower.

It has just been revealed that Spain is now technically into another recession with back to back quarters of negative GDP growth or rather shrinkage. Needless to say investors are freaked. Spain joins the U.K. in this new recession. It is the proverbial double dip and it blows.

Essentially U.S. corporate first quarter results have been tantalizing delicious and so in spite of the Eurozone crisis which more than likely will see more nations back in recession, the markets remain fluffy and buoyant.

CNN: Spain to weigh on U.S. stocks
On Monday, Spain's government said its economy declined for the second striaght quarter, revealing the nation is in recession.


S&P downgraded 16 Spanish banks...


A government report on personal income and spending in March is on tap at 8:30 a.m.


A regional manufacturing report, the Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index, is due out at 9:45 a.m.

'Caravan'

Oscar Peterson

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Good Night

'Come On, God'

Louie

Education Vs Career Skills

Obama's Stand Up

Have A Good Morning

work by Robin Lasser

The Onion - The White Nation Will Never Resume Its Rightful Place Until One Of Us Learns How To Make A Decent Website

Global Warming's Effect On The Rain Cycle

Robert Reich - The GOP's War On Women, Youth, And Hispanics

Gosh, Reich doesn't mention Blacks, the poor, the middle class, Muslims, Buddhists, the unemployed, and the ill, so let's not forget to include those people as well.

AlterNet: GOP Suicide: Why Can't Republicans Stop Alienating Women, Young People and Hispanics?

Al Jazeera - Berlin Gripped By 'Ostalgia' For Communist Past

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

'Vienne Song'

Bireli Lagrene

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Good Night

If It's BS It's FOX

Finding myself in the odd place of defending Obama here, but FOX is so out of control every little bit of push back helps.

Let us remind FOX that Obama doing the slow news is not quite the same as a president who authorizes torture, repeals habeus corpus, starts pre-emptive wars at the whim of any neocon, and on and on. The latter is called damaging the presidency and damaging the country.

Media Matters: Fox's Cal Thomas: Obama's Jimmy Fallon Appearance "Damaged" The "Image Of The Office"

Extremism

The GOTP is in an extremist freefall. WaPo calls the GOTP - "...an insurgent outlier in American politics."

WaPo: Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
...the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

Black-Scholes

New Heart Failure Treatment

'Letters Of Transit'

The latest free 'Fringe'

Have A Good Morning

At 7 a.m. it is a brisk 30 degrees with sunshine here in Upstate NY.

It looks like we have a green light to roto-till the garden.

work by Susan Danis

The Onion - New 'Get The Fuck Outta The Road' Program Aims To Increase Pedestrian Safety

The Plastic Ocean

Fetishized Violence

Al Jazeera - US Prisons Face Crisis Of Aging Inmates

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

My Way Or My Way

I could not possibly agree more with Katrina vanden Heuvel's on the money opinion piece in the Washington Post.

Extremism is presently at the core of the GOTP, and it's creating nothing but misery for the rest of us.

WaPo: Republicans are causing a moral crisis in America
The real crisis of public morality in the United States doesn’t lie in the private decisions Americans make in their lives or their bedrooms; it lies at the heart of an ideology — and a set of policies — that the right-wing has used to batter and browbeat their fellow Americans.


It’s hard to point to a single priority of the Republican Party these days that isn’t steeped in moral failing while being dressed up in moral righteousness.


They watch Wall Street turn itself into the Las Vegas strip, take the economy down and destroy people’s lives and livelihoods. To that they say, “By God we need less regulation.

'Them There Eyes'

Angelo Debarre, Romane, Trio Rosenberg, Thomas Dutronc

Friday, April 27, 2012

Good Night

'Kim Il-Sung's Birthday Party'

Romney VP Speculation

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,228.31 gaining 23.69 points.

CNN: Stocks close out a strong week

The Daily Show - Citizen Shame

TRNN - Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,234.33 gaining 29.71 points.

CNN: Stocks ease in choppy trading

2.2%

Ouch, the expected number was 2.5%.

From CNN -
U.S. economic growth slows to 2.2% annual rate in the first quarter, government says.
Reuters: Growth slows on inventories, weak business spending
Consumer spending which accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, increased at a 2.9 percent rate - the fastest pace since the fourth quarter of 2010.


Americans stepped up spending on automobiles in the first quarter, with motor vehicle sales rising by the most in four years.

Have A Good Morning

work by Christine Baeumler

The Onion - 'Underground Railroad' Carries Slaves From Brooklyn To Manhattan

The Melting Antarctic

The YOYO Myth

Al Jazeera - Unemployment On The Rise In Spain

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Friday

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. It is 41 degrees, sunny, and windy here in Upstate NY. I can't say it enough, I look forward to hot weather, there's still a chill in the air. Regardless, another week has literally flown by, they keep going by faster and faster. Gulp! Anyhow, a friend is lending us a rototiller this weekend provided it does not rain. The mantra is - must make garden.

At 8:15 a.m. futures are flat, the dollar is down against major world currencies, and the price of oil is slightly down per barrel. The market is poised to open in the flat and mixed range except...

At 8:30 a.m. the government releases its first reading of the first quarter GDP - end of story. The number will set a very strong tone. As the number will be revealed in 15 minutes from when I write this, let's hang on and see what happens.

CNN: Stocks consider Ford and Spain, await U.S. GDP
...Ford beat earnings expectations for the quarter.


...the U.S. government's report on first-quarter gross domestic product growth -- the broadest measure of the nation's economic health.


...S&P announced that it was downgrading Spain's credit rating from "A" to "BBB+"...

'Zita'

The Brasil Guitar Duo performs the work of Astor Piazzolla.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Good Night

'The Honor Code'

Pope Benedict XVI Vs Ayn Rand

The reactionary right's fascination with Rand has been nothing short of tragic with beyond tragic results.

Raw Story: Under Catholic pressure Paul Ryan backs away from Rand, Objectivism

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,204.62 gaining 113.90 points.

CNN: Stocks gain as 'stimulus addicts' look for a fix

The Daily Show - Space Innovators

TRNN - Protest Calls On Supreme Court To Strike Down Arizona Immigration Law

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,151.19 gaining 60.47 points.

CNN: Why half of us don't pay income tax

The Dalai Lama On Being Tempted By Women

Have A Good Morning

work by Athena Tacha

The Onion - Tired Of Traffic? A New DOT Report Urges Drivers: 'Honk'

Mexico Gets Onboard

Extra Weird

Al Jazeera - Israel General Says Iran Atomic Bomb Unlikely

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Thursday

Good morning. It is 33 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The mornings have been chilly but the day quickly warms up. The morning walk went smoothly except we are trying to work on the new dog's habit of barking. Food is the key. We divert her attention, try to get her away from the object of barking with a high value treat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Another key element is to make sure that the dog is hungry - breakfast comes later.

At 8:00 a.m. futures are flat, the dollar is down against major world currencies, and the price of oil is down per barrel. The market is poised to open in a lackluster mixed type of way.

According to the financial articles, investors are a little nervous about the weekly first time unemployment number. Recall that the number was shrinking lending credence to the notion that there was a minor jobs recovery going on. However in recent weeks the first time numbers have been getting larger which indicates that the employment picture is more miserable than anyone's hope would want. Regardless the data will be released at 8:30 a.m. As usual a bad number will sink the market and a better than expected number will cause some relief and some gains at the opening bell.

CNN: Stocks: Choppy trading ahead
...Labor Department releases weekly initial jobless claims.


European stocks were mixed in middaytrading.

'Somebody That I Used To Know'

Gotye

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rep. Israel On The Tea Party And The Congressional Election

Good Night

'All Hail The Beat'

A little music history with a short on the importance of the Roland 808 drum machine in modern dance music.

Connecticut Becomes The 17th State To Abolish The Death Penalty

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,090.72 gaining 89.16 points.

CNN: Bernanke boosts stocks, Apple rallies
...the Fed was also more positive with its outlook, boosting its economic growth projection for the year and lowering its unemployment rate target.

The Daily Show - Madeleine Albright Extended Interview Pt. 1

TRNN - U.S. Electoral System Wallowing In A Sea Of Money, Idiocy, And Corruption

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,070.36 up 68.80 points.

CNN: World's largest economies

Have A Good Morning

work by Shelley Sacks

The Onion - Entire Train Ride Spent Deciding If, When To Use Bathroom

How To Age Your Brain - Cocaine

Autism On The Rise

The Collapsing Middle Class

Al Jazeera - Austerity Anger Boosts European Extreme Parties

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Wednesday

Good morning. It is 41 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. This morning's walk was a little on the chilly side but the effect was good, the new dog is right by my side as I type and she is sleeping. A good dog is a tired dog and this one needs a lot of exercise to wear her out. As we know people are endlessly interesting. Lately I am beginning to think that most can go into one of two categories, people that thrive on conflict and people that thrive on cooperation. There are people that seek out fights, verbal and/or physical and there are people that want everybody to get along respectfully. It may very well be another aspect of the authoritarian brain versus the sane human brain...

At 8:20 a.m. DOW futures are moderately higher, the dollar is mostly down against major world currencies, and the price of oil is up per barrel. The market is poised to open higher.

As I read this morning's reports two items stand out in my mind.

First there is Apple which has posted a mind boggling profit in the first quarter. Needless to say that has lots of coat tails and the market is responding very favorably. Why didn't we buy Apple way back in March of 2009 when the price per share was below $100? There's nothing quite like quintupling your money.

Second, Fed Chair Bernanke will be commenting on Fed policy later on today. As we know, when Bernanke speaks all of Wall Street and the entire global economic infrastructure listens.

CNN: Stocks: Apple to provide a lift
Global markets got a lift from better-than-expected earnings from Apple...


The day's economic highlight will likely be the Fed's policy announcement and Bernanke's comments in the early afternoon.


...the Commerce Department's durable goods report for March...

'Love In Vain'

Rolling Stones

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Met His Match

Either Limbaugh is simply one of the most unconscionable people in the media or he is working for Democrats by driving the wedge between the GOTP and women voters deeper into the ground.

Media Matters: Limbaugh Returns To Attacking Sandra Fluke, This Time For Supporting Student Loan Reform

Good Night

'Retro Bobby'

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,001.56 gaining 74.39 points.

CNN: Insiders are selling. Should you?

The Daily Show - Endless Suffrage 2012 - Of Vice And Men

TRNN - Occupy The DOJ: Activists Protest Injustice Of Criminal Justice System

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,033.46 up 106.29 points.

CNN: Home prices lowest since 2002

Have A Good Morning

work by Linda MacDonald

The Onion - Week In Review

Favorites

Self-Directed Speech

Chomsky On America's Decline

Al Jazeera - Old Havana Gets A Makeover

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Tuesday

Good morning. It is 41 degrees and for the time being sunny here in Upstate NY. I woke up expecting to see it raining as the weather logos indicate, but surprise the sun is out and it's bright. I have to admit I am looking forward to the hot temperatures of summer. April is flying by, the tree leaves are about 70% there, we're ready for the heat.

At 8:15 a.m. futures are modestly higher, the dollar is down against major world currencies, and the price of oil is down per barrel. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

In addition to the busiest week with regards to first quarter corporate earnings reports, investors will also be parsing through data on home pricing and new home sales today. As we know the housing market is another major sector of the economy that is lagging in the alleged recovery.

Yesterday's dramatic fears of political unrest in Europe were slightly quelled today as both Holland and Spain went through the paces of bond sales without much fanfare.

Notice that the DOW continues to hover around 13,000. One suspects that the conditions on the ground do not merit its further rise or at least a significant rise, as investors seem satisfied in maintaining that number for the time being. 13,000 is a fluffy number.

CNN: Investors eye housing data
...S&P/Case-Shiller will report home prices for February before the opening bell. The U.S. Census will release new-home sales at 10 a.m. ET.


Some of the political worries in Europe cooled Tuesday...

'Moments Volés'

Documenting Biréli Lagrène

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chomsky On Education, Student Activism And Democracy

Intel's Newest Chips

If You Can Stomach It

Limbaugh's 53 smears against Sandra Fluke - a compilation.

Good Night

'Pointe Shoes'

NAACP Un-Invites Allen West Over Commie Remarks

Searching to find the appropriate sarcastic zinger here and I'm thinking the headline speaks for itself.

Congratulations to the NAACP, now if only the people in West's district could realize what a value-free Congressperson West is then perhaps they could give him the boot as well.

Raw Story: NAACP ousts Allen West after ‘Communist’ quip

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 12,927.17 dropping 102.09 points.

CNN: Stocks end day down on China, Europe fears

Krugman On Romney

Huntsman On The GOP

Trash away...

Buzzfeed: Jon Huntsman Trashes GOP, Expresses Campaign Regrets
...comparing it (the GOP) to China's Communist Party...

TRNN - Teachers, Parents Push Back Against High Stakes Testing

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 12,890.76 down 138.50 points.

CNN: Stocks drop 1% on China, Europe fears

Have A Good Morning

artist unknown

The Onion - Study: Red Meat Takes Years Off Of Cow's Life

Socialism! France! Mais Non!

Global Warming Fact List

Live Science: 8 Ways Global Warming Is Already Changing the World
...military action in the Arctic is heating up...

Privatizing Public Education

Al Jaeera - Residents Return To Japan Radiation Zone

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Monday

Good morning. It is 39 degrees and raining here in Upstate NY. I hope you had an excellent weekend. My weekend was active with the highlight being dinner at a phenomenal restaurant on Saturday night. I had the salmon with the Creole shrimp topping, and yes it was delicious. Plus the basketball gods were good letting my NY Knicks beat a very competitive Atlanta Hawks team on Sunday afternoon. The playoffs begin very soon.

At 7:50 a.m. futures are holy crap significantly down, the dollar is up against most major world currencies, and the price of oil is down per barrel. The market will open with a steep decline.

What a difference a day makes. After tremendous optimism being expressed in the financial articles on Sunday about how investors would be more than likely pleased with a week filled with better than expected corporate results accompanied with an increase in the indexes, we shift into reverse gear right off the bat on Monday.

So much for optimism.

Europe and China are back in focus. Europe is going through not only a debt/ financial crisis but also political turmoil with both France and Holland about to change leaders. Wall Street likes consistency, not change. Holland may also be on the edge of losing its pleasing triple AAA credit rating. China on the other hand is reporting a small slowdown in its monolithic manufacturing complex.

Something tells me that if the corporate reports continue to come through above expectations then today's losses will be recouped later on in the week. That's a bold prediction.

CNN: Stocks: Europe and China weigh on sentiment
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, one of the architects of the European agreement to avert sovereign debt default, finished in second place...


...Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to resign...


...Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde warned at meetings of the IMF and World Bank over the weekend that the "dark clouds on the horizon" for the global economy threatened the "light recovery blowing in a spring wind."


...Chinese manufacturing released early Monday, showing a contraction in for the second straight month.

'Bei Mir Bist Du Schon'

The Swing Ninjas

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Good Night

'The Duel At Blood Creek'

ABC News - Secret Service-Gate

It's In The Details

A housing development is being built locally.

I walked through the project and couldn't help but notice a design detail that is not well thought out.

First off they are using facade chimneys, which is fine. This is not a problem.


Next, take a look at the installed facade chimney which presents two problems.

Notice that directly under the chimney is a facade window. Would we really build a window directly in front of a chimney.


Also notice that the chimney is installed too close to the edge of the roof. If we follow the lines of the facade chimney, the implied imaginary chimney would bust through the side of the entire structure. The chimney would come through the window directly below it.


I'm not really a critic of architecture, I just like the logic to make sense.

ABC News - Gone To The Dogs, The Presidential Race

Have A Good Morning

work by Navjot Altaf

The Onion - Wal-Mart Executives Kind Of Weirded Out By Town Not Putting Up Any Resistance To Store Opening

Trees

Listening to NPR last week I was taken by a report on how trees are being affected by climate change and environmental abuse.

For example - a warmer winter means that the bugs that ordinarily die off in the cold now have more time to hang around and eat the foliage.

These articles are from January and February 2012 and show a variety of reasons why trees are dying.

The implications of climate change are harsh.

MSNBC: Climate change killing mighty trees in Alaska, researchers say

Guardian UK: World's giant trees are dying off rapidly, studies show

MSNBC: In Texas' worst drought on record, trees dying by the millions

This article is from January 2009 -

Time: Study: U.S. Trees Dying at Alarming Rate

Expanding Domestic Surveillance

Al Jazeera - Bike-Power Benefits Guatemalan Community

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

Coming Up On Wall Street

Good morning. It is 39 degrees and overcast here in Upstate NY. The weather forecast has rain through Tuesday and the general consensus is that we really need the water. At this time last year we were up to our eyeballs in water, this year we are experiencing the signs of drought. So although we were planning on more garden preparation this weekend we prefer seeing the rain.

Wall Street will parse through a boatload of first quarter reports this week. As you know, up to this point first quarter reports have for the most part beaten expectations, consequently the tone of the financial articles indicates that earnings are in focus for the time being. The Eurozone crisis is on the second burner.

Attempting to predict the general trend in the market is always a wild animal. The saying is "sell in May and go away." This year could be different as many are less fearful of the eventual next recession occurring in 2012. In fact some sentiment still indicates that the US is more into a slowly improving recovery. What we do know is that corporate America is doing just fine adding even more weight to the obvious mythic notion of a trickle down economy where job creators need not be taxed. It is not raining dollars nor is the job market percolating yet it is truly raining dollars in 1% world.

Reuters: Earnings, Fed to prove skeptics wrong
Nearly 180 of the S&P 500's components will report earnings next week, and heading into a seasonally weak period, the market will need strong reports to offset the perception that there's no more room to rally.


So far, with 23 percent of S&P 500 companies having reported results, more than four-fifths have beaten expectations, topping consensus forecasts with an average surprise factor of 8.8 percent.

'Bei Mir Bist Du Schön'

Zazí

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Good Night

'Extranjero'

War On Common Sense

'The Consultant'

The latest free Fringe

Have A Good Morning

work by Carol Aust

The Onion - The Week In Review

Citing Christianity To Justify Extremism

Losing Money Is Believing

Residents of the Gulf who were directly financially affected by the spill were most likely to reconsider their views on global warming and the environment.

Tragic, would you agree, because it will only be after the damage is done and the financial stress is personal that our vast anti-science population will get on board.

Live Science: BP Oil Spill Changed Some Minds on Environmental Issues

Al Jazeera - Gulf Of Mexico Spill Takes Toll On Health

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

'Sixteen Saltines'

Jack White

Friday, April 20, 2012

Good Night

See you bright and early on Saturday morning.

Gorgeous weather here!

The pictures - dogs retrieving a ball, taken from underwater.


'Criminal'

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 3,029.26 gaining 65.16 points.

CNN: Lamborghini to unveil SUV

Coulter On Martin Shooting

The Daily Show - Mitt Happened

TRNN - Right Wing Billionaires Push Israel's Agenda In 2012 Elections

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,077.40 up 113.3 points.

Reuters: Wall Street jumps on solid corporate earnings

Have A Good Morning

work by Estelle Akamine

The Onion - Depressed Ralph Lauren Releases New Wrinkled Dress Shirt With Marinara Stain On It

Read The Breed

'All In'

Al Jazeera - Stolen Art Returned To Jewish Family

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Friday

Good morning. It is 53 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. It is perfect walking weather, dog and I hit the streets earlier logging in our 2.5 mile walk. She is sleeping as I type so some of her limitless energy was subdued. The newly revamped chiropractic attended body is slightly less bent at the hips, we are standing straighter. That stuff really works.

At 8:00 a.m. futures are moderately higher, the dollar is mostly down against major world currencies, and the price of oil is up per barrel. The market is set to open higher at the start of trading.

The investment articles appear to be describing a happy day on Wall Street just before the weekend. First quarter reports have exceeded expectations, and today seems to be about sitting back and counting the cash as more corporations no doubt will continue their high profit Q1 reporting. While the country marinates in the the acidic residue of the worst recession, Wall Street is doing phenomenal business.

Gee, how come the job creators are taking a hiatus from job creation. The job creators are so sensitive, even the suggestion of raising their taxes to fair pay levels sends them scurrying into their pewter lined nests.

CNN: Stocks point higher ahead of earnings
Friday is a light day on the economic calendar, with no major reports due, but investors will get first-quarter results from several large firms.


Quarterly earnings this round have been surprisingly strong. Of the 105 companies in the S&P 500 that had reported quarterly results as of Thursday, more than 80% beat expectations...

'The Swan'

Clara Rockmore

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Good Night

'Inside'

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 12,964.10 dropping 68.65 points.

CNN: Stocks fall on weak U.S. economic data

Levon Dies

I loved this man's work, truly wonderful musician.

CNN: Levon Helm, co-founder of The Band, dead at 71

The Daily Show - Robert Reich Extended Interview Pt. 1

TRNN - Spring Revival: Occupy Wall Street Seeks To Rejuvenate Movement

DOW Flat At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,035.05 up 2.30 points.

CNN: Stocks waver after weak U.S. economic data

Have A Good Morning

work by Estelle Akamine

The Onion - Obama Launches More Realistic 'I Have Big Ideas But We'll See How It Goes' Campaign Slogan

Diverting Energy

Pay Up

Al Jazeera - India Tests Long-Range Ballistic Missile

Notice that India's successful testing of an inter-continental missile has caused barely a blip in the MSM. Yet the missile is an escalation in a potential showdown with China. Now tell me that is not a huge concern.

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Thursday

Good morning. It is 33 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. It is allegedly going up into the 70s today and that will be just lovely. Yours truly will be making another visit to the chiropractor so I am mentally preparing myself for the cracking of bones. It is helpful both the preparation and the cracking.

At 8:00 a.m. futures are ever so slightly higher, the dollar is mostly down against major world currencies, and the price of oil is up. The market is poised to open higher but...

Initial weekly layoff claims will come through at around 8:30 a.m. and a poor showing could tilt the market.

Otherwise, investors were pleased with another wave of bond sales in Spain, so for the day the Eurozone crisis is in check. Investors will also be parsing through more first quarter reports along with data on the housing market. It could be a bumpy day indeed with lots of metrics in the pipeline.

CNN: Stocks point higher following Spanish auction
An auction of Spanish 10-year bonds drew strong demand on Thursday, providing some relief for investors...


...another wave of corporate earnings from some of the country's largest firms, including Bank of America and Verizon....


The National Association of Realtors will release its March existing home sales data after the opening bell.

'Round Midnight'

Wes Montgomery

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Good Night

'Each Moment Is The Universe'

Dick Clark Dies

R.I.P. Dick, we liked you for a long time...

Yahoo: Dick Clark, Entertainment Icon Nicknamed 'America's Oldest Teenager,' Dies at 82

DOW Closes Lower

The DOW closed at 13,032.75 down 82.79 points.

CNN: Stocks retreat amid 'lingering anxieties'

The Daily Show - Hey, That Guy Lives There

TRNN - Inequality And Instability

DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,045.91 down 69.63 points.

CNN: Stocks retreat on jitters about Europe, earnings

The Brain In Question

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Have A Good Morning

work by Erica Fielder

The Onion - Report: Every Potential 2040 President Already Unelectable Due To Facebook

The Jet Stream Configuration

Fleecing America

Al Jazeera - Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Wednesday

Good morning. It is 41 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. Lately the weather has been perfect and just in case you are a NY Knicks fan, they were perfect last night in defeating the Celtics with a barrage of three pointers from Smith and Novack. Somehow I sleep better when the Knicks pull off a solid win.

At 8:20 a.m. futures are moderately lower, the dollar is mostly up against major world currencies, and the price of oil is up 1 penny per barrel. Right now the market is poised to open lower.

Investors will be looking for corporate results to spark the movement and direction of the market today. Notice that leftist anti-Iraq war protestor scurge Halliburton will be reporting today and no doubt that report will exceed investor expectations.

I think many of us are still waiting for the second major coming of the recession, yet surprisingly that arrival keeps getting pushed ahead.

CNN: Stocks: Gearing up for more earnings
U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as worries about Europe eased and investors parsed the latest round of corporate results.


...on Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund boosted its global growth outlook to 3.5% for 2012...


...financials will be back in the spotlight Wednesday.

'Spanish Two Step'

Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Good Night

'The End Is A Beginning'

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 13,115.54 gaining 194.13 points.

CNN: Stocks log best gains in a month

ALEC Under Pressure

The Daily Show - On Her Vagesty's Secret Service And Mitt Needs Moms

TRNN - US Isolated At Summit Of Americas

DOW Higher At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 13,088.11 up 166.70 points.

CNN: Obama moves to curb oil speculators

Have A Good Morning

work by Andy Goldsworthy

The Onion - Healthy, Nutritious Food Would Have Saved The Titanic

March In Global Perspective

Defeating The Nightmare

Al Jazeera - US Senate Reject 'Buffett Tax' Rule

Al Jazeera - The Main Headlines

The Market On Wednesday

Good morning. It is 56 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. The weather logo indicates scattered showers, we shall see. Back in the 90s I came across a very good chiropractor. I would see her periodically and she would do a nice job of de-kinking the back and neck. Unfortunately she moved out of town and long story short I dropped off the chiropractic table. That was about 15 years ago. Long story short again and I am recently back on the table, loose unhinged hip part and all. I must say, what was I thinking for letting all that good body work go. The neck is already better, the mid-back is better, lower back - a little bit better, range of motion is better. I found my chiropractor and it's good stuff. This is a chiropractor friendly blog.

At 7:50 a.m. DOW futures are moderately higher, the dollar is mostly down against major world currencies, and the price of oil per barrel is up. Right now the market is poised to open higher.

Investors were pleased to see that the German people have unbridled consumer confidence and that Spain's first round of bond sales went off okay. So let's just say for today Europe is check.

Later on investors will be looking at Goldman's first quarter report, which one might pre-conclude will be astounding, along with all types of data on the lagging housing market.

Always a crap shoot as we know but initially the market will be stronger.

CNN: Stocks point higher ahead of earnings
...the latest edition of an index based on German investor sentiment came in unexpectedly high.


An auction of Spanish 12- and 18-month treasury bills also went off relatively successfully...


...results from investment bank Goldman Sachs, along with economic reports on housing starts and building permits.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

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'Guns'

The War Is On

It's hard to stay up to date on all of the less front page news worthy items that the GOTP is entertaining and enacting in order to limit access to abortions and health care for women and their children.

Here are a few.

Move On: Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP's War on Women
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

DOW Closes Higher

The DOW closed at 12,921.41 gaining 71.82 points.

CNN: Blue-chips hold gains, but tech sector lags

Web Freedom Under Assault

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DOW Lower At Noon

In the noon hour the DOW is at 12,898.18 up 48.59 points.

(But the S&P and NASDAQ are down below Friday's closing numbers.

CNN: Blue-chips hold gains, but tech sector lags

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The Market On Monday

Good morning. It is 54 degrees and sunny here in Upstate NY. We are expecting to see the temperature go up into the 80s today. It's going to be a hot one. One wonders what it will be like around here in the middle of July and August with this unprecedented heat, right through from the mildest winter I can recall. All I know is that I will be out walking quite a bit later today, we'll see how the new dog handles it. I will bring along water, don't worry.

At 7:50 a.m. futures are moderately higher, the dollar is mostly up against major world currencies, and the price of oil is down per barrel. This is a very intriguing mix, right now the market could open higher or lower. It's really a crap shoot and some people think the market is long overdue for a correction and last week's turbulence was part of that.

Regardless, investors are focused on Spain's economy this week - how sustainable is it , etc etc. As we know, the overall Eurozone financial crisis will keep reappearing as a major point of concern in the investment world.

Today investors will be getting data on retail sales in America. Now if there was ever a critical bit of information for Wall Street it is how Americans are opening up their wallets. Discretionary spending is as key to investors as the housing market in terms of the US pop economy.

CNN: Stocks: Europe remains in focus
Investors will be watching auctions of Spanish government bills on Tuesday and bonds on Thursday.


The Commerce Department is expected to report Monday that retail sales ticked up only 0.3% in March after rising 1.1% in February.